How To Get Fast Results

August 8, 2013

In my previous post, I discussed a powerful prayer by Nehemiah in his book in the Bible. It is very powerful because if you use this method of prayer, you are incorporating praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and positive and powerful focus on what you want. If you would like to view the article, here’s the link…https://powerofpies.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/a-powerful-and-effective-prayer-that-works/

I have always been intrigued by this story of Nehemiah. If you are not familiar, I will provide a quick review. After Jerusalem was destroyed, exiles remained in Babylon/Persia for many years. After a while, some were permitted to return. The city remained in ruins for all of these years. Several years earlier, they had the holy temple rebuilt, but that was it. Nehemiah felt the need to go and rebuild the city walls. At the time, he had a prominent position working for the Persian king. However, he felt the calling to go. This is when he prays the powerful prayer that is written. He prays that he can convince the king to let him go, and for the strength and power to rebuild the walls.

Several awesome lessons are presented as the story continues. He easily receives permission from the king. As he arrives, he continues to pray through everything, and acts upon whatever inspiration he receives. As a result, a project that could have taken several months or even years is completed in 52 days.

I don’t know about you, but this is the type of example I want to follow. This was a man who simply knew how to get things done. Luckily, everything went smoothly, right? Wrong! During this process, Nehemiah encountered much resistance. Several plots were formed against him, and even his life was threatened. However, he remained focused and completed the project in just 52 days.

What are some of the lessons from this and how was he so successful? I present some reasons now:

  1. Prayer – As mentioned, Nehemiah prayed before every situation and during the time he worked as well. For more results on the power of prayer, please check out my previous post.
  2. He was an excellent example – Not only was he in charge of the project, but he dug in with everyone else and did the work as well. Not only was he a leader, but he was a server as well.
  3. Focus – This is the key…he knew what had to get done, and remained focused solely on the goal. He faced many obstacles, but always prayed and found solutions to overcome them.
  4. Action – As soon as he knew what to do, he acted immediately. The word procrastination was not in his vocabulary!

Every time I read this story, I am inspired. You may have something that you want accomplished like yesterday, but it seems like it’s a long way off. If you are looking to accomplish a goal sooner than later, I strongly recommend you follow these guidelines above. There is no reason you should have to wait to receive what you want. The only reason would be that God has something better for you in the meantime.

What is it you want to accomplish? Determine a clear answer, pray about it, and stay focused, doing all you can and letting God do His part to let it happen. And know that it will happen. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Powerful And Effective Prayer That Works

August 7, 2013

You’ve heard the statement…”there is power in prayer”. Most people believe it. However, even though many believe in prayer’s awesome power, they fail to spend significant time in prayer.

Why is that? I believe there are several reasons. One big  one is that people have busy schedules and try to cram as many things in a day as they can. Unfortunately, they don’t leave time for prayer. I believe one of the biggest reasons people don’t pray often is that they simply don’t know how. And because they don’t know how, they feel intimidated and believe that if they don’t have an all-out fancy prayer to offer, then it’s not good enough.

Please know that nothing can be further from truth. Even a one minute, on the fly prayer is better than no prayer. God is thrilled any time you make an honest effort to pray. However, if you are still looking for a formal, strong prayer that will bring results, I have one to offer.

Most of you are familiar with the Lord’s prayer. It is very effective, especially because Jesus Himself preached it. The prayer I am talking about goes back even before that one. It is the prayer of Nehemiah. It is found in Nehemiah 1:5-11. I take this from an excerpt from my e-book “30 Days To A More Powerful Life” You can get it here at…http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/30-days-to-a-more-powerful-life/13987192

Here is how the prayer breaks down. Your prayer will be very powerful and effective if it has these elements:

1. Praise/Thanksgiving – Before anything is said or asked for, Nehemiah is praising and thanking God simply for who he is.

2. Forgiveness – I believe God is much more likely to hear and answer our prayer if
we are coming to Him with a humble heart, asking for forgiveness.

3. Specific request – Once his heart is right, it is then that Nehemiah presents his
case before the Lord. He is also specific and detailed in his prayer.

4. Expect the answer and blessing – As the prayer ends it is apparent to me that
Nehemiah expects success and blessing. It is inspiration for us to expect the same. It may not happen the way we might think, but it will.

I have found this to be an extremely helpful prayer formula. It works because you are going into prayer with a pure and positive mind and heart before you ask for what you want. You are able to focus in faith on your desired outcome, and when you expect God to answer in His way, you can move on with confidence after the prayer.

This type of prayer brings results. I will share more detail about that in my next post. In the meantime, I recommend you use this excellent formula for prayer, and watch how the blessings show up. Have an excellent day!